How to Use Paddle Shifters

Aston Martin Vantage Paddle Shifters

If you’re like a lot of our Houston customers, you enjoy the extra control over your vehicle that comes with the ability to decide when to shift gears. Paddle shifters, or “Sportshift”, as it’s known in many Aston Martin vehicles, allow you to do just that. What do paddle shifters do? How do you use them? We walk you through the ins and outs of this fun and versatile gear system in our how-to-use paddle shifters guide below.



What Do Paddle Shifters Do?

So, what do paddle shifters do, exactly? It’s simple. They allow the driver to shift gears using buttons that are mounted on the steering wheel. Typically, a vehicle that comes equipped with paddle shifters has an automatic transmission. Aston Martin calls it an “automated manual transmission.” That means you can switch to “manual” when you wish to do the gear-shifting, and switch to automatic when you want the car to handle it. This is perfect for a household where some drivers prefer driving an automatic while others prefer a manual driving experience.

How to Use Paddle Shifters Correctly

Using paddle shifters is simple and doesn’t take long to get the hang of. We find that some of our San Antonio customers are hesitant to try, as they are afraid they might do something wrong and break the transmission or clutch. The beauty of a paddle shifter system, though, is that it will not let the driver make that kind of mistake. If you try to shift when you shouldn’t, the transmission will simply not shift. Here are some instructions on paddle shifting:

How to Use Paddle Shifters

  1. Select “Paddle Shift Mode” (the way to do this may vary between makes and models; see owner’s manual for instructions)
  2. Upshift as you accelerate
  3. At lower speeds, upshift at the highest RPMs before reaching the red line
  4. At higher speeds, you can upshift at lower RPMs for more power
  5. Downshift as you decelerate, whether you’re braking or coasting to a stop
  6. Downshift at 1000-1500 rpm

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The staff at Aston Martin Houston are always eager to assist our customers with any of their automobile needs. If you enjoyed this helpful guide, peruse our site for more automotive tips. And if you need any further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re conveniently located near both Sugarland and The Woodlands. Feel free to drop by today.


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